A Map of the ‘Flat’ Earth

September 9, 2011 23
A Map of the ‘Flat’ Earth

A Map of the Square and Stationary Earth

In June of 2011, the Library of Congress acquired an old map which was created by Prof. Orlando Ferguson in 1893. The information it contains is a bit out of date… but it is very interesting to look at nonetheless.

orlando ferguson, flat earth map

The text can be a hard to read, so here it is, verbatim:

Header: Map of the Square and Stationary Earth.

Subheader: Four hundred passages in the Bible condemn the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and none sustain it. This map is the Bible Map of the World.

Caption (right side): These men are flying on the globe at the rate of 65,000 miles per hour around the sun, and 1,042 miles per hour around the center of the earth (in their minds). Think of that speed! (this caption was clearly meant to be a sarcastic jab to the Globe Theory)

Footnote: Send 25 cents to the author, Prof. Orlando Ferguson, for a book explaining this Square and Stationary Earth. It knocks the Globe Theory clean out. It will teach you how to foretell eclipses. It is worth its weight in gold.

The Flat Earth Society (yes, it’s actually real)

The Flat Earth Society is a real organization led by a Virginian man named Daniel Shenton. Shenton believes in other scientific principles and facts, such as evolution and global warming, but he and his followers also believe that the Earth is a disc that you can fall off of. In other words, that it’s flat.

“I haven’t taken this position just to be difficult,” Shenton told The Guardian news a while back. “To look around, the world does appear to be flat, so I think it is incumbent on others to prove decisively that it isn’t. And I don’t think that burden of proof has been met yet.”

In fact, the validity of the organization as come in to question so often that it’s immediately addressed on the first line of the FAQ:

Q: “Is this site a joke?”

A: This site is not a joke. We are actively promoting the Flat Earth movement worldwide. There are members who seriously believe the Earth is flat, and their research is located in Flat Earth Believers.

Read through their FAQ, as they “explain” the seasons, sunrises, sunsets, and other phenomena.

Here’s a map of the flat Earth that they present:

modern flat earth map

I’m not sure where to start when debunking the notion of a flat Earth, because the theory seems so unrealistic. So I will only present one piece of evidence for the round Earth, and it’s a simple picture:

nasa, view of earth from space, blue marble

‘Nuff said.

To see more images of Earth, our Pale Blue Dot, click here.

 

References:
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/11651
http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/
http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=11211.0

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  • TC

    That’s not picture of the earth, it’s a composite. The earth has never been photographed from space, fact. Nuff said.

    • Solid

      You can say that but their eyes will glass over and go crossed. The evidence that we are on a flat plane is abundant. I am trying to wake people up but breaking the hypnotic spell is not easy

    • Errol Collins

      Not only that, did you notice that there where not even one star shining, How could that be. There are supposedly billions of star in space with thousands view able from earth but not one star was seen on that picture. What do they have to say about that.

    • kelli peterson

      Totally agree! The spinning, tilted, rotating, orbiting ball is a joke.

  • david johnson

    IT’S FUNNY HOW POSITIVE EVERYBODY IS WITH THEIR OPINION ON THIS TOPIC. THERE’S SO MUCH STARTLING FACTUAL EVIDENCE POINTING TO THE FLAT EARTH IDEA. FLAT HORIZON. STRANGE AIRLINE FLIGHT PATHS THAT MAKE NO SENCE ON A GLOBE PLANET. BUT ON A FLAT EARTH, IT’S A STRAIGHT LINE. PROOF OF NO CURVATURE TO THE ROUND PLANET THEORY. THESE ARE PHYSICAL FACTS. AND THE FACT THAT NASA ACTUALLY STATED THAT ALL PHOTOS OF EARTH ARE NOT ACTUALLY REAL. WHY ALL THE LIES. I TELL YOU WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH TO THIS TOPIC. THE WEALTHY ELETE. THE ONES WITH THE GUN TO THE GOVERNMENTS HEAD. IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY. POWER AND CONTROL.

  • Luis Trevino

    The “Flat Earth” folks present a compelling argument but for two things, I believe dispel their notion of a flat earth. (1) If you know anyone in Europe or Asia give them a phone call sometime during midday hours and ask them if it is night or day where they are. If it’s daytime then we are standing on a flat earth, but if it is night time we are on a globe. (2) The icy Artic and Antarctic are frozen for a reason… the tilt of a spherical earth
    axis in reference to the sun. I don’t see how those icy regions would be
    possible on a flat earth especially the artic.

  • RH

    Yep love the “picture”, go and look at what nasa calls pictures. They ALL are made of either composites, cgi, or artist’s renditions. So if that is what you call a picture you must believe every hollywood movie that comes out. Thanks for being a lap dog for your masters that have indoctrinated you since the time you could first remember and being dismissive to anyone that would like to think differently than what they want you to believe. It shows your childishness as this article clearly was written with contempt. Bad journalist!

    • Dylan Walker

      If the earth was flat, why is it always sunny at the south pole in summer :O

      • Tendekayi.TR

        Has anyone actually ever flown over Antarctica? It’s a no fly zone remember? How convenient

        • Dylan Walker

          What about the fact that it’s always sunny in summer, some people work in Antarctica in the summer with 24/7 sunlight. If the earth was flat how would that be possible? And anyway, if the sun was above the earth that close wouldn’t it always be sunny everywhere?.. And the whole sun light through clouds has to do with perspective.. You know, the sun appears in a point in the sky.. So why would the sun light go straight up? I learnt about perspective at bloody high school!

          • Tendekayi.TR

            Thanks Dylan. I am still reviewing all the evidence for and against the flat earth theory. But the issue is that the flat earth theory has fundamentally different assumptions from the heliocentric model that is commonly known. According to the flat earth model, the sun is not some 93 million miles away and is not millions of times bigger than the earth. The flat earth model assumes that the sun is much smaller and is nearer to the earth, and it moves around the earth and not the other way round. Thus it moves in a certain motion above the earth, providing light to different parts of the earth at different times. Have a look at some of the Youtube videos. I am not 100% convinced but the evidence seems pretty strong.

      • sjpatejak

        If the earth is flat and is shaped like the maps provided with this article, there is no south pole. It can only exist if the world is round.

  • Dylan Walker

    If the earth was flat, why is it always sunny at the south pole in summer :O
    Nuff Said.

  • charles

    yes your correct there is no real picture of earth from space, nasa’s own words, their
    is no space program, its just a giant heist of taxpayer money

  • charles

    all you need to know is the usgs, united nations, all aircraft travel uses the flat earth map. All aircraft instruments are set for a flat plain

  • Mike Shugart

    If you are flying from Charlotte, NC eastward and it takes two hours to your destination, then it stands to reason on a 1000 mph eastward spinning Earth, the return trip should take half the time, but it doesn’t. Why not?

    • Dylan Walker

      Because when a plane goes up.. The earth doesn’t spin 1000 mph underneath it, the plane moves with the earth.. So the plane is moving 1000+plane speed = realistic time period of your destination.

  • Mike Shugart

    East is still east, continually in the same direction. You are not even allowed to fly or float over Antarctica, so how would you know?

  • Randy Reeves

    You have NEVER looked at an actual photograph of our earth, NASA even admits that ALL images are created by CGI and artists renderings.

  • Madeline

    That is only photo and was taken in 1971.

  • Jp

    I have never seen a real picture of our planet. If they are real then why do they always look cartoony or like they’re made on a computer….

  • sjpatejak

    The distance from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Glasgow, Scotland is 2642 miles. The distance from Buenos Aries, Argentina and Cape Town, South Africa is 4281 miles, 1.62 times as long if the 2nd and 3rd maps are correct. The difference should be much greater. As for the 1st map, it is impossible to cross the Pacific, which people have been doing since 1511.